Tzu-Wei Lin Pawtucket Red Sox Utility

       
 
Age: 25
Born: February 15, 1994
Birthplace: Kaohsiung County, Taiwan
Height: 5-9
Weight: 155
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: Not draft eligible
How Acquired: International free agent
(June 2012)
College: -
High School: Kao-Yuan HS (TW)
ETA: -

Photo © Kelly O'Connor
Tzu-Wei Lin photos by Kelly O'Connor
Pronunciation: ZOO-way
First Pro Contract: June 27, 2012 (BOS)
Signing Scouts: Louie Lin, Jon Deeble &
Eddie Romero
Signing Bonus: $2,050,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: N/A
MLFA Eligible: N/A
   
Pro Debut: July 6, 2012 (GCL)
Added to 40-man: June 24, 2017 (BOS)
MLB Debut: June 24, 2017 (BOS)
Service Time (1/20): 1 year, 41 days
Options Remaining: 0 (2019, 2018, 2017)
Contract (2020): ~League Minimum
   
Twitter: @TzuWeiLin1994
Instagram: @tzuwei215

 
 
 
 
 
     
  Scouting Report & Links      
         
  Physical Description: Athletic, undersized frame with minimal remaining projection. Frame won't support much added size, but could still add strength.

Hit: Starts square with his hands by his upper chest. Strong bat-to-ball skills. Short swing. Raised swing path entering 2017 season in order to hit the ball in the air more often. Hangs in the box longer now than past years, when he was a slap hitter looking primarily to put the ball in play, often on the ground. Solid feel; all-fields approach. Really knows the strike zone and doesn't strike out often. Potential solid-average hit tool.

Power: Well below-average power potential. Below-average raw power. Not a major part of his game. Could hit a few home runs a season if given enough at-bats, but lacks over-the-fence power profile.

Arm: Accurate with average arm strength. Arm is passable on the left side of the infield in a reserve role.

Field: Above-average defender at shortstop. Gets good reads off the bat and has range to both sides. Fluid actions, soft hands. Confident defender, reads the ball off the bat well and comfortable charging the ball. Has some versatility to play second base, third base, and even some center field.

Run: Above-average speed, though it doesn't translate to stolen bases. Can go first to third on balls in the gap. Solid instincts.
  Career Notes: Received largest bonus ever for an amateur position player from Taiwan, in part due to timing of signing days before new international signing caps went into effect on July 2, 2012. Reportedly agreed to sign with the Yankees in 2010, but Chinese Taipei Baseball Association threatened to ban him from playing or coaching in Taiwan if he signed before finishing high school. Began seeing time at second base, third base, and center field in 2016 as he began to be developed as for a utility role. Participated in 2012, 2013, and 2016 Fall Instructional League. Became fourth Taiwanese player to record a major league hit in 2017, the first since former Red Sox outfielder Che-Hsuan Lin. While he has yet to make much of an MLB impact, is already something of a celebrity in Taiwan.

Summation: Could likely serve as a reserve utility player at the big league level right now. Bat would likely be exposed in an everyday role, but defensive potential, versatility, and speed make him an attractive option in a bench role. Could serve as a backup at all infield positions except for first base and occasionally man center field. Doesn't have much upside, but high floor.


Links
2013 Prospect Preview
Spring Training 2013 Video
Scouting Scratch: Jamie Callahan and Tzu-Wei Lin
(6.26.13)
2013 Top 40 Season in Review

Scouting Scratch: Wrapping Up April in Portland (5.5.17)

 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2012 GCL Red Sox GCL Rk Bos 18 29 110 21 28 5 1 0 16 35 16 28 4 2 0.255 0.341 0.318 0.659
  2013 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 19 60 230 34 52 9 2 1 20 68 28 59 12 4 0.226 0.312 0.296 0.607
  2014 Greenville SAL A Bos 20 102 402 55 92 22 1 1 42 119 54 74 10 7 0.229 0.315 0.296 0.611
  2015 Salem Car A+ Bos 21 73 281 37 79 12 3 2 34 103 22 32 15 3 0.281 0.331 0.367 0.698
  2015 Portland East AA Bos 21 46 173 21 35 5 3 0 14 46 16 27 8 3 0.202 0.268 0.266 0.534
  2015 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 21 13 47 4 10 1 0 0 5 11 4 13 1 1 0.213 0.275 0.234 0.509
  2016 Portland East AA Bos 22 108 372 39 83 10 5 2 27 109 34 55 10 7 0.223 0.288 0.293 0.581
  2017 Portland East AA Bos 23 48 159 31 48 9 3 5 19 78 20 27 8 2 0.302 0.379 0.491 0.870
2017 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 23 35 141 12 32 5 1 2 9 45 4 11 2 4 0.227 0.283 0.319 0.602
  2017 Boston AL MLB Bos 23 25 56 7 15 0 2 0 2 19 9 17 1 1 0.268 0.369 0.339 0.709
  2018 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 68 277 33 85 20 2 5 25 124 23 64 3 4 0.307 0.362 0.448 0.810
  2018 Boston AL MLB Bos 24 37 65 15 16 6 1 1 6 27 8 17 0 1 0.246 0.329 0.415 0.744
2019 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 59 224 30 55 11 1 4 22 80 21 58 6 2 0.246 0.308 0.357 0.665
  2019 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 13 20 3 4 2 0 0 1 6 2 6 1 1 0.200 0.273 0.300 0.573
   
     
    2020 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2020 - - - Bos 26     stats                            
   
     
  Advanced Stats & Splits
   
     
  Awards   SoxProspects.com Awards  
  Red Sox ML Base Runner of the Month (July 2013)
Red Sox Minor League Base Runner of the Month (June 2017)
  SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (April 24-30, 2017)
2017 SoxProspects.com All-Star
SoxProspects.com Player of the Week (June 18-24, 2018)
 
   

   
     
     
     
 
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